Revolution

NBC, Mondays 10/9 Central

Sep 17, 2012 Web Exclusive
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Revolution is a television version of Stephen King's The Stand, except instead of a killer flu wiping out the planet, it's no electricity. For some unknown reason that is part of the show's draw, the electricity went out in the world 15 years prior. Without that one crucial element, the practical way of life has reverted back to pilgrim times while civilization has reverted back many centuries. A ruling group called the Militia is keeping humanity oppressed through force and firearms. A wayward Militia-related killing of Ben Matheson (Tim Guinee) and the subsequent arrest of his son, Danny Matheson (Graham Rogers), led by its ruthless Captain John Neville (Giancarlo Esposito, Breaking Bad), starts a Lost-like journey through beautiful scenery. On Ben's dying directive, his daughter Charlotte "Charlie" Matheson (Tracy Spiridakos), girlfriend Maggie (Anna Lise Philips), and good friend Aaron (Zak Orth) search for his brother Miles Matheson (Billy Burke), as he may provide answers and solutions to the killing.

Revolution has pedigreed parents in J.J. Abrams (Lost) and Jon Favreau (Iron Man). Who doesn't love a post-apocalyptic world where no one, including your own mother (Lost's Elizabeth Mitchell), can be trusted? And people you thought dead are actually working with your enemy? Charlie proves to be a strong leading character with her combination of youthful vulnerability and resiliencenot unlike Lost's Kate Austen. Danny's blend of resourcefulness and politeness garners its own supporters. On the opposite end, Esposito's portrayal is downright sinister and leaves the viewer not knowing what to expect from his brutal character. It is Orth's on-point humor, however, that is the most winning, providing welcome comic relief for this multiple hidden plotline show. Fans of Lost, you are found again. (www.nbc.com/revolution)

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